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Mini Latif takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

By Jess Ottoman3 HQ 29 Aug 2014 9:17:27 AM

The Ice Bucket Challenge seems to be sweeping the world and the interwebs. It was only a matter of time before the challenge was to hit Ottoman3. One of our talented Brow Artists took on the challenge and bravely nominated our Managing Director Mini Latif. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Mini accepted what had to be done. So here it is, the clip of our fearless leader drowning herself in ice cold water. Bravo Mini!

On a more serious note, the Ice Bucket Challenge is all about raising awareness and much needed funds for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or as it more commonly known in Australia MND (motor neurone disease). 

Facts about MND 

  • MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease
  • There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND 
  • Each day in Australia two people die from MND 
  • Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND 
  • People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact
  • Average life expectancy is 27 months 
  • An estimated 1,900 people have MND in Australia 
  • For every person diagnosed with MND it is estimated that a further 14 members of their family and their friends will live with the effect of MND forever 

Follow this link to see how you can get involved and donate. You can choose to donate to help support those living with the diesease or you can donate to the research institute to help find better treatment and potentially even cure MND. 

To Watergardens with Love

By Mini Latif 29 Jul 2014 9:52:42 AM

Mini Latif launches Brow Bar in Watergardens Town Centre

Ottoman3 Grand Opening | Watergardens

One piece of advice l give to a lot of people when they are in the conception stage of starting their own small business, is to take the time to VISUALISE. Some like to call it daydreaming, l like to call it 'planning'. This is the most risk free way of testing your ideas & concepts.... saying them out loud to the mirror works too!

I do not know if this is 'normal', but during my visualisation/planning sessions l even add in 'feelings' to the mix. I assume athletes must do this as well. You know that moment when they run over the finish line and hear the roar of the crowd, the flags flying high in the sky and the camera crews falling over each other to get that first sweaty shot? Yep - this is the level of visualisation l go to and yes l often take very long showers as l no longer have a bath to perform this tried and tested task.  

So it did come as a great surprise to me, when recently one of those visualisation sessions had became a reality & did not have the associated 'feelings' l had expected. 

On July 12th 2014, we officially launched our new Watergardens Brow Bar. This is a huge milestone in my career, as the shopping centre is bang in the middle of where l was raised. It is a testimony to those who have supported my ideas from inception and to those who have loyally followed our journey. 

The reality of running your own business is that the reward is not in completion of a goal and in this case being the official opening of our Watergardens Brow Bar, it is in the survival. As the queues began of people who had come to support my team and l, my body was screaming at me for wearing heels when all l could cope with was trainers, my brain exhausted by the 4 all nighters in a row l had to pull just to ensure the paint was dry in time, and my tummy was to be honest a little nauseous. 

So l took a step back and watched from a distance as our gorgeous Belly Dancer kicked off the celebrations, my Brows Artist twirled their thread to create symmetrical magic to Brows & my Maitre d's welcoming our special guest with Turkish Coffee & delights to say thank you for all the love and support. At that point l realised that this is the feeling of crossing the finish line. It does take blood, sweat and heels - but l would not change it for the world.  

Thank you for having us Watergardens Town Centre & to the communities that come from all over the West & North to experience what we dreamt up in the bath.

Mini Latif xoBLxo

xo Beauty Lover xo

Ottoman3 Brow Pencils

Ottoman3 | Brow Pencils 

Ottoman3 blue chairs

Ottoman3 | Blue Chairs

Ottoman3 Turkish Tile Design

Ottoman3| Turkish Tile Design & Lighting

Ottoman3 Belly Dancer

Ottoman3 | Desert Rose Belly Dancer

Ottoman3 curious little girl

Ottoman3 | Brow Threading

Eyebrow threading trim

Ottoman3 | Brow Trim

Sunrise at the launch

Ottoman3 | Sunrise on launch day

O3 kids

Ottoman3 Kids

Ottoman3 Brow Artists

Ottoman3 | Brow Artists

Ottoman3 team chats

Ottoman3 | Team Chats

Ottoman3 que

Ottoman3 | Amazing crowd at the launch

Brow threading in action

Ottoman3 | Brow Threading

Turkish Treats

Ottoman3 | Turkish Treats for all of our guests

But first let me take a selfie

Ottoman3 | #o3selfie

I gave birth to Melbourne Central

By Mini Latif 18 Jun 2014 12:03:29 PM

Ottoman3 Brow Artists

Ottoman3 Brow Team | Melbourne Central 

We opened our Melbourne Central Brow Bar June 11th 2014 and girrrrrrl did we open!

They say it takes a village to raise a child and that statement certainly rings true in running your own business. 

And then l wondered - is this like when mums tell you the whole 2nd child is easier because you know what to expect, but you are more tired because you are looking after child number 1, so it's not technically easier .....? Just to clarify, l do not have children, l have Brow Bars. 

There are so many synergies l have found with raising a family and raising a business and l know that many will feel l am not allowed to share these similarities as l do not have kids, but l will anyway. 

This is the 4th time we have opened a new location and l can honestly tell you that the work load does increase, though mentally you are certainly more prepared - see the synergy now? Not to confuse anyone, we did have a store in Myer Chadstone, but that is now closed and we have 3 stores in total - Melbourne Central, Myer Highpoint and Watergardens. So l am a mummy of 3, as l always assumed l would be and my 4th baby, well it is a loss l still miss today. 

When opening new locations there is a buzz that accelerates in the last 72 hours. The builders are working around the clock, the shopping centre management are fine tuning their announcement internally to your new stakeholders, the Marketing team is pulling in every contact they have in the biz to get the message to all, the Brow Artist are saying goodbye to their training locations and preparing to live in their new homes and the existing customers are asking - 'are you there yet?'. Amongst this, you are expected to be present, not only physically, but major final decisions are needing to be made and they stick.... so the question lies .... "Can you pull this off?". 

Have a look at the family album below and let me know what you think - did we?

My new baby's name is Melbourne Central Brow Bar and she is 25 metre squares. Mother and team are doing well and thank everyone for their kinds words of encouragement and love. 

See you there soon xo

Mini Latif xoBLxo

xo Beauty Lover xo

 

Ottoman3

Brow Threading | Ottoman3

Ottoman3 Brow Pencils

Ottoman3 Brow Powder Pencil | Ottoman3 Brow Bone Highligher

Ottoman3 Brow Threading

Brow Threading | Ottoman3

Ottoman3 Brow Massage

Post treatment massage | Ottoman3

Ottoman3 Happy Customer

Special Guest | Whitney, WOW PR

Ottoman3 guest

Special Guest Blogger | Kirby Hughes 

Ottoman3 Belly Dancer

 Desert Rose Belly Dancer | Ottoman3 Entrertainment

Ottoman3 Brow Chat

Brow Chat | Mini's Hair and Make Up by Evoke | Grecian Maxi Dress by SHEIKE $179.95

Ottoman3 Melbourne Central

Ottoman3 Themed Cupcakes | Cupcake Central

Melbourne Central Launch Ottoman3

Floor Decal | Ottoman3

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